University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 01 2001

Concord Art Instructor to Exhibit Paintings in North Carolina

Athens, W.Va. - A colorful art show will be opening in Charlotte, N.C., and Venezuelan artist and Concord College art instructor Fernando Porras is the man behind the color.

Porras first exhibited his work at the Noel Gallery in Charlotte, in July 1999. “It was the most successful exhibition the gallery every had. Every single Hidden Series painting sold. People were vying for the paintings,” says gallery owner B. E. Noel. Porras opened his second exhibition in the gallery last month.

When Porras walked through the rain forest, he felt he was being watched. Eventually he figured out that it was not a big bird or an iguana taking a gander, it was the children from the Warao tribe. Hence, the Hidden Series paintings.

“He wanted to create that same sensation for people when they came in the room—that something is looking at you long before you focus and realize that you can see it, too,” Noel said.

“The Warao people are comprised of numerous tribes that live in northeastern Venezuela,” stated Porras. “I was able to locate the same tribe I had painted nine years ago. Of course, the children in the tribe are now grown up. I captured their adult faces in sketches and drawings that I made this summer and used as a reference for the paintings in this show.”

Porras’ show, Return to the Rain Forest, will be open through the end of October. Noel Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

For more information call 1-304-384-5204 or e-mail fporras@concord.edu.

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